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Breakout Gospel Group The Jones Family Singers Take Gospel to a New Level at Free Performances in SEI Innovation Studio, January 15-16, 2017

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FREE SHOW ALERT! Called a “must-see act” by @RollingStone &@NPR, @Jonesfamsingers bring their powerhouse gospel to @KimmelCenter 1/15-16

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Amanda Conte



“It was all joyful praise, brilliantly timed with one crescendo after another.” —The New York Times

“A must-see act.” — Rolling Stone and NPR

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Philadelphia, PA, November 22, 2016) –– Bishop Fred Jones and his powerhouse family line-up, The Jones Family Singers, are taking gospel to a new electifying level at the SEI Innovation Studio with free performances on Sunday, January 15, and Monday, January 16 at 7:00 p.m. Bishop Fred Jones, along with his five daughters and two sons, infuses vintage soul, funk, and R&B in high-energy gospel performances that will have audiences clapping their hands and stomping their feet. The group is taking the world by storm with breakout appearances at Lincoln Center, New York’s City’s globalFEST, and the Kennedy Center, plus a critically acclaimed documentary, The Jones Family Singers Will Make A Way.

“The Jones Family Singers bring together three generations of talent to share music for which they are passionate,” said Anne Ewers, President and CEO of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.  “Our audiences will certainly be ‘keeping up with The Joneses’ clapping along to their spirited and uplifting performance!”

The group consists of Bishop Fred A. Jones (pastor/founder of The Mt. Zion Pentecostal Cathedral of Markham, TX), Sarah M. Jones, Alexis Jones, Fred Allen Jones, Jr. Ernestine Ray, Kenneth Jones, Sabrina Freeman, Velma Davis Theresa Patrelle, and Duane Edward Herbert. The ensemble has been tearing up churches and festivals alike for over two decades. In addition to their joyful live performances, their recent studio album, The Spirit Speaks (2014), truly displays the depth of their pure musical gifts, going far beyond their talented live performances.

Other upcoming programming coming to the Kimmel Center includes: A Well-Strung Christmas, (December 8, 2016, Perelman Theater), A Soulful Christmas (December 13, 2016, Verizon Hall), The Bodyguard starring Deborah Cox (February 21– 26, 2017, Academy of Music), and Motown The Musical (May 30–June 11, 2017, Academy of Music)


SEI Innovation Studio

January 15, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

January 16, 2017, 7:00 p.m.


Tickets are free and are available to the public now (fees apply). Tickets can be purchased by calling 215-893-1999, online at, or at the Kimmel Center Box Office. More information at

This is a designated BYO event! Acceptable forms of BYO are 6-pack of beer and/or 750ml bottles of wine only; no liquor or open containers are permitted. Limit of one (1) 750ml bottle of wine OR one (1) six-pack of beer per two patrons. Corkscrews and rolling coolers are not permitted. Ice, cups and corking service available at venue at no cost. All BYO Night patrons are subject to lawful ID checks and bag checks at the manager’s discretion.

The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Located in the heart of Center City, Philadelphia, the Kimmel Center’s mission is to operate a world-class performing arts center that engages and serves a broad audience through diverse programming, arts education, and community outreach. The Kimmel Center Campus is comprised of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (Verizon Hall, Perelman Theater, SEI Innovation Studio, and the Merck Arts Education Center), the Academy of Music (owned by the Philadelphia Orchestra Association), and the Merriam Theater. The Kimmel Center is also home to eight Resident Companies: The Philadelphia Orchestra, Opera Philadelphia, The Pennsylvania Ballet, The Philly POPS, PHILADANCO, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and Curtis Institute of Music. With nearly 9,000 seats per night, The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts is the region’s most impactful performing arts center, and the second largest in the country. TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, is the season sponsor of the Kimmel Center’s 2016-2017 Season. American Airlines is the official airline of Broadway Philadelphia. For additional information, visit

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